The story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before Information about them began to be declassified only in the 1980s Known as the Jedburghs, these Special Forces were selected from members of the British, American, and Free French armies to be dropped in teams of three deep behind German lines There, in preparation for D Day, they carried oThe story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before Information about them began to be declassified only in the 1980s Known as the Jedburghs, these Special Forces were selected from members of the British, American, and Free French armies to be dropped in teams of three deep behind German lines There, in preparation for D Day, they carried out what we now know as unconventional warfare supporting the French Resistance in guerrilla attacks, supply route disruption, and the harassment and obstruction of German reinforcements Always, they operated against extraordinary odds They had to be prepared to survive pitched battles with German troops and Gestapo manhunts for weeks and months while awaiting the arrival of Allied ground forces They were, in short, heroes.The Jedburghs finally tells their story and offers a new perspective on D Day itself Will Irwin has selected seven of the Jedburgh teams and told their stories as gripping personal narratives He has gathered archival documents, diaries and correspondence, and interviewed Jed veterans and family members in order to present this portrait of their crucial role a role recognized by Churchill and Eisenhower in the struggle to liberate Europe in 1944 45.This is narrative history at its most compelling a vivid drama of the battle for France from deep behind enemy lines.
The Jedburghs The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces France The story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before Information about them began to be declassified only in the s Known as the Jedburghs these Special Forces were sel
The Jedburgh teams were 3 man teams dropped into Occupied France immediately before and after the Normandy Invasion Their job was to organize, supply via airdrop , coordinate with French Resistance elements and collect tactical intelligence.This book is a welcome addition to the history of WWII ETO Operations Many books on the war including OSS and SOE specific histories only mention the Jedburgh teams in passing some earlier works saying their activities remained classified This book tells thei [...]
A book about some of the bravest men ever to walk this earth The Jedburghs were a group of men that would not back down to the enemy and would do whatever it took to fight the Nazi s, despite the odds Will Irwin tells many informative, exciting stories from the experiences of allied soldiers fighting WWII from behind enemy lines Having been familiar with the resistance movements of occupied countries, I wasn t expecting to learn much than I already knew, boy was I wrong Irwin shed new light on [...]
To be honest I expected a lot from this book Historians write books with an arguement in mind most of the time or write a book based on factual data This book lacks in both aspects, no new arguement and not nearly enough information With as many times as the author cites there is very little elaboration and to much reciting Additionally, the book is poorly organized, repeats itself very often and lacks for much substance At just barely 200 pages I feel it was not worth my money and nearly one t [...]
As a former Green Beret, it s awe inspiring to read about those who came before me and forged the path for the current Special Forces.The book doesn t talk much about celebrities, but did you know Julia Child her husband were in the OSS There were many celebrities of the age who stepped up when they were called to serve their country.Makes you wonder if any of the big mouthed celebrities of today would have the intestinal fortitude.
I got this book because Will s wife is my wife s hairdresser She came home one day from her appointment and told me that her hairdresser s husband was retired from the military and is now a military historian and had written some books.This book was a thorough history of the Americans who helped out with the French resistance in WW II
One of the best books on World War II Special Forces I have read The Jedburghs were three man teams that dropped into France after D Day and organized resistance forces for guerilla operations against the Germans Will Irwin thoroughly covers their recruitment and training, offers numerous mini bios, and gives stirring tales of their missions.
Although not of the genre I would normally read, I found this book captivating The story is of small teams of Allied soldiers usually american, british and french who drop behind enemy lines and attempt to spur the French people into revolution during WWII Very well written, would recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in war novels.
This could have been a GREAT read The subject is one that really interests me It almost lives up to its potential The story covers too many unconnected people and moves from place to place too often A great book on a similar WWII espionage subject is The Phantom Major Try that one first.
A cross between a history lesson and a personal record The author is very dry What should have been several stories of narrow escapes from Gestapo agents was glossed over as they were able to slip by with very little gun fire.
In this one, I loved reading about Bernard Knox, now known as the editor of Penguin Classics like Fagle s translation of the Iliad and such, but then OSS commando and therefore total badass Who said scholars are boring people